Torres Strait Islander David Bosun’s exhibition of linoleum and woodblock prints and sculpture illustrates the ancestral traditions of the Mualgal people from Mua Island. Bosun moves seamlessly between western art practices and traditional values, beliefs and customs. The intricate design or minaral used in his prints reflects Melanesian influences inspired by longstanding trade between Torres Strait Islanders and coastal Papua New Guineans. Bosun’s prints resonate with stories of his ancestors, depicting seasonal indicators used in ancient hunting practices, or the significance of constellations within the celestial sphere.
Bosun was a founding member of Mualgau Minaral Artist Collective and was one of four artists who participated in the touring exhibition Gelam Nguzu Kazi (Dugong My Son), which was shown at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection in 2008. He believes that future generations in the Torres Strait, as well as the rest of the world, need to be educated about the rich cultural heritage and distinctiveness of Torres Strait culture.
David Bosun will undertake an Australia Council-sponsored residency at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection in September 2013 and will work with U.Va. students and faculty on a variety of public programs and collaborative projects. Visit www.kluge-ruhe.org for an updated list of programs connected with Bosun’s residency.
Last Updated: 7/3/2013 11:24 AM